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5 players Manchester United should have bought this summer 

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José Mourinho is enjoying his time at Manchester United
José Mourinho is enjoying his time at Manchester United

Manchester United have had a very impressive start to the season. Three wins and a draw in four games means that the Red Devils are leading the English Premier League on goal difference. In Europe, their long-awaited UEFA Champions League comeback was worth the hype, as they were able to outclass FC Basel with a scoreline of 3-0 in midweek at Old Trafford.

However, with a long campaign ahead, what ultimately matters will be whether they would have achieved silverware by May, and José Mourinho, of all people, will certainly agree with that. Having said that, a successful start does not necessarily guarantee a glorious end. Here are five players who we believe, could have improved Manchester United's squad in the summer transfer window.

#5 - Tiémoué Bakayoko

Chelsea FC v Qarabag FK - UEFA Champions League
Bakayoko vs Qarabag FK - UEFA Champions League

We all know José Mourinho's tendencies of getting ultra-defensive when the big games approach, and at this early stage of the season, the Portuguese tactician has not yet had the urgent need for this tactical switch. It is in games against Real Madrid, just like in the UEFA Supercup final, where a player like Bakayoko would have been the perfect partner for Nemanja Matic in midfield.

In last season's Champions League edition, the Frenchman averaged 2.9 successful tackles and 2.8 interceptions per game, guiding AS Monaco to the semi-finals of the competition, while being one of the main protagonists. That said, Matic has a reputation of fading in the second half of the season, as most Chelsea fans would agree. If the Serbian gets injured or loses form, who is the current alternative in United's squad?

When a team is competing in as many tournaments as United are, quality and depth are two essential matters.

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